Author to make history at Kielder 10K

Terry Deary in Border Reiver costume courtesy of Tony Hall

27 August 2013

A best-selling author will make history come alive as he gets set to run in the footsteps of the Border Reivers at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland.

Sunderland born, “Horrible Histories” writer, Terry Deary will join hundreds of runners for the Kielder 10K at England’s number one tourism experience on Saturday October 5, 2013.

Kielder suffered severely with regular raids from the Border Reivers – gangs of horsemen who raided the borders of England and Scotland between 1300 and 1600.

Terry, from Burnhope, County Durham, will tread the tracks of the Border Reivers but in what is now voted the most tranquil place in England.*

This latest sporting challenge for the dedicated runner will come just three weeks after his 18th Great North Run in Newcastle and Gateshead on Sunday September 15.

The Kielder 10K is part of the Kielder Marathon weekend of events, held on 5 and 6 October and hosted by Northumbrian Water.

Terry will be supporting the events’ official charity with a donation to Cancer Research UK.

The 67-year-old said: “Just because I’m past retirement age doesn’t mean I have to give up running and I’ve put a lot of extra effort in this year to lose weight.

“It’s very relaxing running in a rural setting like Kielder and it will make a lovely change for me. It’s also nice to run through our regions history. ”

Organiser of the event and Olympic medallist, Steve Cram, said: “Terry has always been a big supporter of our running events and I’m pleased to hear that he’s making his own history and taking part in his first event at Kielder.

“It’s such an amazing place, seeped in history and with its spectacular scenery and impressive off-road course it’s a great place to run.

“There is something for everybody to participate in over the Kielder Marathon weekend. I would urge anybody who wants to take part in any of the events to secure their place as soon as possible.”

Set in the surroundings of northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest working forest, Kielder Marathon is Britain’s most beautiful marathon.

Other events include Kielder 10K, Kielder Run-Bike-Run relay event and Kielder Junior Races.

Entries for all events close on September Monday 23, 2013. Marathon places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – there is no ballot this year.

To book a place log on to the event website at For enquiries telephone 01434 689 040.

For more information and images contact Janine Scott, Communications Advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538 or

Kielder Water and Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the number one tourism experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the *most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information see

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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